Game 160-Tampa’s Last Stand

Final series of the year for the Yanks, and while the Yanks have nothing left to play for, the Rays are battling for their playoff lives. The Yanks are fielding a decent lineup, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the starters get pulled early even if the game is close. The Red Sox better win their games facing the O’s if they don’t want to play on Thursday, because I don’t think the Yanks care if they get swept. They just want everyone rested and ready for Friday night. Here’s your lineup, courtesy of LoHud: Derek Jeter SS Curtis Granderson Continue reading Game 160-Tampa’s Last Stand

Game 160-Tampa's Last Stand

Final series of the year for the Yanks, and while the Yanks have nothing left to play for, the Rays are battling for their playoff lives. The Yanks are fielding a decent lineup, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the starters get pulled early even if the game is close. The Red Sox better win their games facing the O’s if they don’t want to play on Thursday, because I don’t think the Yanks care if they get swept. They just want everyone rested and ready for Friday night. Here’s your lineup, courtesy of LoHud: Derek Jeter SS Curtis Granderson Continue reading Game 160-Tampa's Last Stand

Towers: "Cash Does It The Right Way"

Last week, Ken Rosenthal published a fascinating article on how the Moneyball philosophy continues to impact the game. One prominent passage discussed Brian Cashman’s efforts to implement changes to keep pace with the Red Sox: The Yankees, a perennial post-season qualifier, also held low draft positions. When Cashman secured more power before the 2006 season, one of his goals was to improve the team’s farm system. At the time, the feeling among many rival executives was that the Red Sox were about to blow right past the Yankees. Cashman, in his quest to play catch-up, hired Joe Kerrigan, the Red Continue reading Towers: "Cash Does It The Right Way"

Vote now for the 2011 IIATMS MLB Awards!

The regular season is almost over, and you know what that means, time for postseason awards! Everyone loves arguing over them, everyone loves publishing their own picks, and now IIATMS is giving you a chance to join along in the fun.

So what you’re going to do is tell us your pick for all of the traditional BBWAA awards, right? Wrong! Because really, what’s the fun in doing that for the 1,234,345th time? No, this year we’ve come up with our own slate of awards and we’d like for you to join us in picking the inaugural winners. The categories are as follows:

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Russell Martin’s defense, and its impact on Montero

BP’s Mike Fast has done some truly ground breaking research on the impact pitch framing skills can have on a ballclub’s ability to suppress runs. Mo addressed this in a previous post (check out his graphics)  but I wanted to come at it from a different angle, namely the pending decisions on what to do with Russel Martin and Jesus Montero. Here’s the piece, which has been updated since Mo’s column. Check out the numbers on Martin and Posada: Catcher Called Pitches Total Runs R/120G 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Russell Martin 42186 71 15 15 10 20 14 11 Continue reading Russell Martin’s defense, and its impact on Montero

Russell Martin's defense, and its impact on Montero

BP’s Mike Fast has done some truly ground breaking research on the impact pitch framing skills can have on a ballclub’s ability to suppress runs. Mo addressed this in a previous post (check out his graphics)  but I wanted to come at it from a different angle, namely the pending decisions on what to do with Russel Martin and Jesus Montero. Here’s the piece, which has been updated since Mo’s column. Check out the numbers on Martin and Posada: Catcher Called Pitches Total Runs R/120G 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Russell Martin 42186 71 15 15 10 20 14 11 Continue reading Russell Martin's defense, and its impact on Montero

Live Game Chat Tonight!

I just wanted to let everyone know that we’re doing a three way live game chat with our friends at Fire Brand of the American League and The Ray Area tonight at 7:00 p.m.  In order to lighten what’s sure to be an incredibly tense mood (at least for the Red Sox and Rays fans in attendance), we’ll try to spice it up with off-field fodder as well.  So come one, come all to cheer on your (not mine) beloved Yankees as they take on the Rays…or you can cheer on the Rays in hopes they take out the Red Sox.  The choice is yours really.  Either way, we make sure you have a great time. Continue reading Live Game Chat Tonight!

Looking back at the Charleston RiverDogs’ 2011 season

Unlike the GCL and Staten Island Yankees, the Charleston RiverDogs had a tough season, which was made worse as injuries to players like Slade Heathcott and Gary Sanchez wiped out any hope of salvaging a decent season.  They ended with a 29-41 record, eleven games behind the Augusta Greenjackets in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League.  An interesting note, however, is how well the Charleston RiverDogs front office seems to be doing.  They picked up six of the twelve SAL Annual Awards, including General Manager of the Year, Female Executive of the Year and Best Playing Field Award (something Scranton would love to see I’m sure).

Despite having some strong offensive prospects, Charleston put up decidedly mediocre offensive numbers.  As a team, the RiverDogs hit .259/.330/.385/.715.  They had the second least amount of stolen bases (95). The RiverDogs’ pitching did not fare much better.  As a team, Charleston had a 4.27 ERA with eight shutouts and a WHIP of .140.  They did manage to be second in strikeouts, with 1171, however, that was tempered by their 518 walks, also the second highest in the SAL.  The pitching was not helped by a league leading 198 errors, led by shortstop Jose Mojica’s 34.

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ALDS rotation coming into focus

The Yankees have announced their starters for the final series of the year in Tampa, and they are as follows; Hector Noesi, Bartolo Colon, and TBD. And TBD will not be Phil Hughes, who’s now slated to pitch out of the bullpen in the postseason, and will probably make a cameo in tonight’s game to get some work in relief. Conveniently enough, whomever pitches on Wednesday would be lined up to start Game 3 of the ALDS on normal rest. Inconveniently, thanks to the rain out of Friday night’s game Freddy Garcia would have to make that start on just 3 days rest, as he pitched Saturday afternoon. Could Garcia make a brief appearance and throw a couple of innings just to stay loose, or do you just run out some combination of Triple-A pitchers for the regular season finale?

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